Now for the second half of ma vacance — Barcelona, Spain. Like with my Parisian excursion, I enjoyed exploring the city from a different perspective the second time: that of an almost 21 year-old independent, rather than a 14 year-old on a middle school trip.
As much as we tried to continue living the relaxing carefree lifestyle that we did in Portugal, there are just so many things to do in Barcelona it was hard not to find ourselves walking all day long going from tourist attraction to tourist attraction. Don’t get me wrong, we did have our fair share of beach and sun time though (pictured above). To put it briefly, we wandered for hours up and down Las Ramblas, the famous crowded streets lined with restaurants, stores, and of course lots and lots of souvenir shops. We stopped in La Boqueria fresh food market. We saw a Flamenco show. We went to the Picasso Museum, where I was blown away at the sheer size of the museum and am still left wondering how one man can have enough talent to paint that many works of art.
Of course no trip to Barcelona is complete without seeing Antonio Gaudi’s modernist works. We explored the enormous Parc Guell and marveled at Sagrada Familia, which doesn’t seem to have made any progress on construction in seven years.
And lastly, we spent an evening in the Montmuic district, which contains the Olympic Park from when Barcelona held the 1992 olympics, watching the sun set from a hilltop. We came back after dinner to Montmuic to see the Magic Fountain which plays remarkable 30 minute shows coordinated to music and lights.
The culture was my favorite part. I enjoyed tapas, paella, and sangria all weekend long and am looking forward to cooking up some seafood paella (without eyeballs) this summer.